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Nightwish Endless Forms Most Beautiful – Review
NIGHTWISH
ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL

NUCLEAR BLAST
Release Date: March 31st 2015



Over the last few years Nightwish have been through that age-old band issue the 'new lead singer' conundrum, at the same time I've seen them play some of their best but it doesn't change the fact that this is still the first studio release with Floor Jansen at the microphone.

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After listening to 'Shudder Before the Beautiful' the first track here two things hit you - the scale of the overall sound is simply huge and Floor sound wonderful. The opening track is also a bona-fide rocker too if you thought that lead single 'Elan' was a little light. The Harder edged sound is carried on in the Metallic 'Weak Fantasy' and separated by 'Elan' the ethereal; folky new single 'Yours is Empty Hope' is guitar heaven. It's an opening to an album I'll wager is Nightwish's strongest yet.

After the gentle symphonic ballad 'Our Decades in the Sun'; like the single 'Elan', 'My Walden' has that folk-Celtic rock sway about it, it's a great song and if you love or hate this sound of Nightwish and fan of Fairport Convention could do well to check it out. For us it's all you love about Folk brought refreshingly up-to-date. Leading into the title track 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' which shows that Nightwish are not just capable of making great music but also taking you on the ride along with them, it's one of the most hypnotic tracks here and bursting with guitar and almost palpable joy.

Again on the lighter side 'Edema Ruh' builds from simple keys to a pleasing crescendo and adjacent to the glorious 'Alpenglow' - a real treat for fans it shows that these two sides of the band can not only live together but thrive. 'The Eyes of Sharbat Gula' (the subject of that wonderful National Geographic cover photo of an Afghan girl by Steve McCurry) sets an instrumental opening for the closing 24 minute epic 'The Greatest Show on Earth' which is a completely mesmerising keyboard-led odyssey that allows everyone, but especially Jansen to shine.

This is the best from Nightwish so far, long may they continue in this form. __________________________________________________
Review by Mark Rockpit